Strength Training Equipment

Introduction To Strength Training Equipment
Strength training equipment can help you lift more and harder, and will come in handy down the road as you advance into heavier weights.

Using support gear like knee wraps and back belts can be useful, however you should not use support gear chronically, as this leads to imbalances.

You want to let your body work and develop the tendons, ligaments and tissues along with your muscles in a healthy, balanced way. Support gear always takes off some tension, and is fine if you just use it on your last heaviest sets.

Strength Training Equipment
Olympic Weight Set
Squat Rack
Weight Bench
Chin Up Bar
Weight Lifting Shoes
Chalk – the primary tool strength training, can be useful for any exercise, gives you a better grip on the bar, and gives you a better feel of the weights. I use liquid chalk because it makes no mess and is almost as effective as the powder. You will need chalk especially as you’re advancing into heavier weights. It always comes in handy throughout the workout, especially on heavy sets and if the palms get sweaty.

Dip Belt With Chain – very useful, you will need this for your weighted chin-ups. Body weight chin ups are not so efficient in generating enough tension to create any significant growth / development. However when adding 50lbs weights between your legs that’s where you start building a ripped back and nice set of biceps.

Lift Straps – are useful for heavy deadlifts and heavy chin-ups, a great tool to have in your arsenal, and is pretty cheap, about 9 bucks.

Wrist Wraps – might be useful on heavy weights and last heavy sets where you want to take the tension from your forearms that have generated throughout the workout. Don’t use chronically, but use only at the end of your workout or heavy sets you can add those.

Lifting Belt – should be used on heavy sets only, if you get back pain it means you have bad form or are advancing too quickly with your weights. Let your body adjust if you’re just a beginner and advance slowly. Patience pays off. Don’t use the belt chronically, try to master technique first, and then when entering your last 1-2 heavy sets in deadlifts, squats, overhead press – add the belt.

Knee Wraps – The only exercise that might require knee wraps is the squat, again if you have knee pain your knee technique is bad (always focus on driving knees out), or you put too much weight as a beginner. Slow & steady wins the race, master technique first, add knee wraps on last heavy sets.

See you on the inside,

Dave Clark

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